Bills Bench EJ Manuel; Kyle Orton To Start At QB In Week 5 Vs. Lions

EJ Manuel’s struggles in the Buffalo Bills’ Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans cost the young quarterback in two ways.

Not only did his team fall to 2-2, but head coach Doug Marrone announced Manuel no longer is the team’s starting quarterback. Instead, veteran Kyle Orton will be under center in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Manuel won his first two starts this season and posted decent numbers, completing more than 66 percent of his passes while throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for one.

However, Manuel has struggled in his last two games. In Sunday’s loss in Houston, Manuel completed 47 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions, one of which Texans defensive end J.J. Watt returned for a touchdown. Manuel’s 80.3 passer rating also ranks 29th among qualified quarterbacks.

Marrone said he believes Orton puts the Bills in the best position to win football games.

Orton was signed by the Bills earlier in September after being released by the Dallas Cowboys. His last start came in Week 17 of the 2013 season, when he threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions for Dallas in a win-or-go-home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys lost the game and the NFC East title.

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